I`m an aussie snowboarder with about 25 days under my belt. I`ve just
returned from my first trip in about 5 years to Falls Creek, Victoria, Australia.
I usually snowboard in new zealand.
This last trip the snow was fairly slushy, spring conditions, but I got the feeleing that my board was just a bit long ( or stiff) for the general charge
carve type of boarding I do. I occaisionally found myself in icy chutes, for which I found myself completely out of control as my board would'nt flex enough to make contact with the ground between ice bumps.
Anyway I`d like some advice on a new board. My current board is about 8 years old, its a 159cm Lamar slayer. I reckon its fairly flat and quite stiff.
For the most part this board works at reasonable speed but won`t flex much for any ollie action and is generally a bit of a boat.
It was quite cheap when I bought it, and off ebay, so I reckon I can get something more suited to what I want to be doing.
I`m fairly short ( 5 7" ) weigh about 200 lbs and have snowboard boots about size 10. I'd like to start charging natural terrain for tricks, do some small rails / jumps in the park, but more often just charge mainly groomed runs and surrounds in australian / new zealand conditions - which are more often than not icey, occaisional powder, or slushy.
Id like to be able to load up ollies, which my current plank does not allow.
But I don`t want a full blown freestyle board, as I reckon I'm too old to get into that too much, beyond the occaisional rail ( old school skater I be )
I've been internet lusting after the gnu billy goat 156, but it might be too much for my ability.
Can you please offer me a couple of board suggestions for me to have a look at?
edit: weight in lbs - damn imperial guess made me much heavier than i am